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<cal1>Friday/May 20

<cal2>Swing dances are held Friday nights in the solarium at the Dulles Hilton in Herndon (corner of Route 28 and McLearen Road). All dances include a beginner class from 8:30-9 p.m. and then the band plays three sets between 9 p.m. and midnight. It's all for $13 per person. Visit www.gottaswing.com or call 703-359-9882.

* May 20: Terence McArdle & Jumpin Tonight (May's Birthday Dance);

* May 27: The Sevilles (Sock Hop);

* June 3: Jimmy & Blue Dogs;

* June 10: Joker's Wild (Hawaiian Shirt Night ... Luau Theme);

* June 17: TBA (June's Birthday Dance);

* June 24: Bad Influence;

* July 1: July 4th celebration;

* July 8: Swing Command (16-piece big band!);

* July 15: Big 4 Combo;

* July 22: TBA (July's Birthday Dance);

* July 29: Terence McArdle & Jumpin Tonight;

* Aug. 5: Rockin' Bones;

* Aug. 12: Daryl Davis;

* Aug. 19: Lush Life (August's Birthday Dance);

* Aug. 26: The Sevilles (Sock Hop).

<cal1>Thursday/May 19

<cal2>The annual Clifton Community Woman's Club Homes Tour will be held Thursday, May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The annual fund-raiser benefits local scholarships and charities. The homes on tour range from a French country estate to a farmhouse built in 1910. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. A boutique is open May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A great escapes silent auction will be held May 19, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. Ticket locations are: In Clifton — Antiques of Clifton, Baskets and Boughs, Heart in Hand restaurant, and Cottage Arts; and in the Colonnade shopping center: Temptations Gifts. Reservations for lunch will be taken at the Heart in Hand and the Hermitage Inn. Call 703-803-1425 or see www.cliftoncwc.org.

The Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club will meet Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a social followed by a 7 p.m. presentation from the current delegates on the Second Battle of Richmond. Everyone is invited to join in the Conference room at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Contact Lois Koch, 703-830-2802.

<cal1>Friday, May 20

<cal2>A fund-raiser for long-time Centreville resident and Realtor Haidee Adkins will be held Friday, May 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the International Country Club on Route 50 in Chantilly. Haidee, a Realtor with Re/Max Premier known as “Haidee the Real Estate Lady,” was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. The event will include a live band, a silent auction, food, cash bar, Irish dancers and more. Sponsored by BF Saul Mortgage, Hazelwood Title, E&S Renovations. Send support to Friends of Haidee Adkins Trust, 14514 Eddy Court, Centreville, VA 20120.

The Northern Virginia Democratic Women's Group will meet on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sully District Government Center for an evening of discussion and camaraderie. Kathy Smith, Sully District representative of the Fairfax County School Board, will be present. Also, the group will be collecting books for the "Healthy Families Fairfax" initiative — basic pre-school books (for babies/toddlers) in English and Spanish that explain letters, colors, numbers, etc. (Books may be new or gently used.) Family support workers will teach parents to read the books so they can read them to their children. The Government Center is located at 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly. Contact Stephanie Hando at 703-467-3090.

<cal1>Saturday/May 21

<cal2>Centreville's Gate Post Estate's Annual Community Yard Sale. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held off Route 29 and across from Centreville Baptist Church. There will be furniture, antiques, tools, toys and more.

<cal1>May 21-22

<cal2>14th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Artwork by more than 190 painters, sculptors, fine-crafters and jewelers will be available for purchase. Added attractions are musical performances on the main stage, festive foods, beer garden, and artist demonstrations. Children of all ages can experiment with techniques in the acclaimed Children’s Art Tent. The festival is produced by and benefits the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), a not-for-profit arts organization, and benefits their educational programming, including Art in the Schools. Admission is open to the public. Suggested donation is $5. Call 703-471-9242 or visit www.restonarts.org. GRACE is calling for volunteers for the Fine Arts Festival. Volunteer Registration forms are available on the Festival pages of the GRACE Web site, www.restonarts.org, or from the GRACE gallery at 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 110, in Reston Town Center. Call 703-471-9242 or e-mail volunteer@restonarts.org.

<cal1>Sunday/May 22

<cal2>Gourmet Dinner Gala and Silent Auction. 5–10 p.m. at Westfields Marriott, 14750 Conference Center Dr., Chantilly. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10, cocktail attire. Contact: Adrienne Albers, 703-902-3157, albers_adrienne@bah.com Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction followed by Dinner prepared by internationally acclaimed Chefs Francesco Ricchi of Cesco Trattoria, Michel Richard of Citronelle, Giuseppe DiBenigno of Dante Ristorante, Roberto Donna of Galileo, Cesare Lanfranconi of Ristorante Tosca, Mark Lindquist of Lowes Island Club and Westfields Executive Chef Michael Sullivan. Entertainment by Jazz Greats Harold Mann, Ketter Betts, Michael Thomas, Jack Wolfe, Rick Whitehead and Wade Beach. Auction items include travel packages to Hawaii, Dublin, Anguilla, Paris and London, tickets to sporting events including the PGA Championship at Baltusrol, weekend getaways and more.

Fund-raising Vendor Showcase for MS TeamJoy's Angels. 2-5 p.m. at Greenbriar Community Center, featuring vendors including Creative Memories, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Southern Living at Home, Tastefully Simple, Osborn Books, Discovery Toys, Stampin' Up, Silpada Jewelry, Pat a Cake and Longaberger, as well as a bake sale, consignment corner and 50/50 raffle. Go to www.jozyangels.com. Contact Kim McDonald at kmbrlymcd@cox.net.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 25

<cal2>Fairfax Corner will host the Little Tots Summer Fun Series on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from May through September. The series will feature free children's entertainment at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Fountain Plaza located outside of the Fairfax Corner Cinemas.

* May 25 — Kid Singer Jim's POSITIVE-ly Fun Rock Concert;

* June 8 — Animal Ambassadors "Animal Buddies;"

* June 22 — Flumpa and Friends Live;

* July 13 — Susan Wall's Carousel Puppets "Circus on Strings;"

* July 27 — "The Little Gym and Mr. Chad Sings;"

* Aug. 10 — Oh Susannah's Musical Sing-a-Long;

* Aug. 24 — Beowulf T. Wonderbunny's Traveling Show of Mystery;

* Sept. 14 — "Wheels on the Bus" Music Show;

* Sept. 28 —Blue Sky Puppet Theater, "Rufus."

<cal1>May 28-29

<cal2>Thunder Run, the Bull Run Jam Fest will be held Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from noon to 6 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park's Special Events Center in Centreville. The event will coincide with Rolling Thunder — the motorcycle rally where 500,000 bikers descend on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

There will be a Jam Fest with live bands including: Welbilt, Frown Upon, Lost Highway Band, The Nighthawks, Pointblank, Smylin' Jack, Rhythm Pigs, Keith Bryant, Kingsley Winter Band and Group Therapy. Sponsors are Geico, Yamaha, Coca Cola, Budweiser and Hooters. The Ice Cream Man From Hell will perform, and models from N.J. Bikini Team, Purrfect Angelz, and Lady Outlaws will be taking photographs. Cost is $20. Presented by the Wednesday Night Crew.

The Motorcycle Ride to the Wall is Sunday, May 29, meeting at the Fairfax County Government Center. Staging starts Sunday at 6 a.m., departing at 8:30 a.m. to the Pentagon Parking Lot.

Parking info: Motorcycles can ride into Bull Run Regional park. Cars must park at the satellite parking lot, located at the NVCC Manassas Branch and at Trinity Centre parking lot. There will be shuttle buses to bring people into the park. The overflow parking lot is the Fairfax County Government Center. For information on displaying your bike or being a vendor, call (571) 436-7430. On the Web, visit Rollingthunderone.com.

<cal2>The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders Inc. will be holding an open House on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 from 1-5 p.m. The club is located in the historic Washington & Old Dominion Railroad station, 231 Dominion Road, Vienna. Free admission; donations accepted. Obtain additional information and directions at www.nvmr.org, by e-mail at nvmrinc@hotmail.com, or by calling 703-938-5157 on the day of the open house.

<cal1>Monday/May 30

<cal2>The Father William Corby Division Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Fairfax County Park Authority will be holding a ceremony commemorating the beginning of construction of a battlefield park located at the intersection of West Ox Road and Monument Dr., in Fairfax, near the Fair Oaks Shopping Center. Lt. Col. USA (Ret.) John McAnaw, president of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table, will lay a wreath and Charles V. Morrow, the author of the "The Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill)" will speak about the battle. Call Bob Hickey at 703-978-8265.

JUNE 3-5

Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia presents the 32nd Annual Quilt Show at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly from June 3-5. The show will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 per day. Over 600 quilts, dolls and art-to-wear will be exhibited by the quilters and doll makers of Quilters Unlimited. A special exhibit, A Pink Ribbon Affair, will feature quilts and blocks dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and a second will showcase An Artful Deck, a traveling collection of 55 quilts made by quilters and fiber artists from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, each quilt representing a card. The show takes place at the Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, in Chantilly. Ample parking is available. Visit www.QuiltersUnlimited.org or by calling Kay Burnett, 703-242-8732.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 4

<cal2>The first annual Bluegrass Festival dubbed "Pickin' On The Neck" will be held rain or shine Saturday, June 4 from 1-7 p.m. at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton. Music will be provided by The Flatland Bluegrass Band, Skystone, and the Pete Milano Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket; food and soft drinks will be on sale; alcohol is prohibited. Call for discounted advance tickets until June 3 at 703-799-0372. Advance tickets $13 and children under 10, $4. At the gate, adults are $15, and children are $5. Under 3 are free. The park will charge a $4 parking fee.

<cal2> Film screening. See the animated movie "Madagascar,” at an exclusive showing at 9 a.m. at Centreville Multiplex Cinemas. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Craniofacial Program, International Adoption Center and Pediatric Rehabilitation at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling 703-776-6081 or by email to cathy.williams@inova.com

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure. On Saturday, June 4, an expected 60,000 runners and walkers will gather on the Mall for the Komen National Race for the Cure to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer. Registration is now open. Register on Saturday, May 21 or Sunday, May 22 at Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Town Center, Dulles Town Center. Call 703-848-8884 or visit www.nationalraceforthecure.org.

Fairfax Corner will host a free Summer Concert Series each Saturday evening beginning June 4 through Sept. 4. The Concert series will feature an acoustic performer followed by a different band each Saturday from 5-8 p.m. in the Fountain Plaza located outside of the Cinemas.

* June 4: Red Racer;

* June 11: Jessi Canning Band;

* June 18: Cravin’ Dogs;

* June 25: Naked Blue;

* July 2: Merchants of Cool;

* July 9: Bad Influence;

* July 16: Almost Recess;

* July 23: Chris Polk Band;

* July 30: Bicycle Thieves;

* Aug. 6: Cartoon Johnny;

* Aug. 13: Singer/Songwriter Showcase;

* Aug. 20: Swing Speak;

* Aug. 27: Mike Holden;

* Sept. 3: Junkfood.

<cal1>JUNE 4-5

<cal2>Margaret Meade’s Art Studio will host its 10th annual Art Show on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sully Station Community Center, Westfields Boulevard and Sequoia Farms in Centreville. The prizes are given by popular vote. There are two categories, children up to age 11 years and 12 years old and older. Special prizes will be given to the best paintings in the show. For details, call 703-802-6243.

<cal1>Sunday/June 5

<cal2>The Potomac Valley Shetland Sheepdog Club (PVSSC) invites one and all to a Fun Match (Sheltie Conformation and All-Breed Obedience) at Picnic Area #2, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. Entries taken starting at 9 a.m.; judging at 11 a.m. Visit PVSSC's Web site, http://www.shetlandsheepdog.us, or call Jan Stanley, 703-281-2828 or Diana Roughton, 703-830-8332.

<cal1>Wednesday/June 8

<cal2>Help Plan Centreville Day. This year's Centreville Day celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. And the public is encouraged to join Centreville Day chairperson Sue Davis and other volunteers from 7-9 p.m. to help plan Centreville Day. The meeting will be in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. Centreville Day is an annual community event that includes entertainment, children's activities, a business and craft expo and food. Some 4,000 people of all ages enjoy the day. Held each September, it is organized by the Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) and planned by volunteers representing all aspects of the community. The committee will meet monthly, at the same place and time. The other meetings will be on July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. Call Sue Davis at 703-327-4392 (work) or 571-213-7298 (cell).

<cal1>THURSDAY/JUNE 9

<cal2>Mothers First – Chantilly/Centreville is dedicated to supporting women who have chosen to alter their careers to raise their children at home. Activities include parent/child morning meetings and field trips, moms' nights out, and lectures. June's meetings are June 9 and June 23 from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 Saint Germain Dr. Call 703-827-5922 or visit www.mothersfirst.org.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 11

<cal2>Team UndeFEETed, LCL, an MS Challenge Walk team from Centreville, is again looking to raise money for the MS Society by hosting a raffle. The MS Challenge Walk Raffle will take place on Saturday, June 11 in Centreville. Proceeds will go directly to the MS Society. Raffle drawings will occur continuously throughout the evening. Raffle tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Bonefish Grill, Centreville Tire and Auto, Red Rock Canyon Grill, Texas Roadhouse, Rosemary’s Thyme, Manhattan Bagel, Champs, Bennigans, Ruby Tuesdays, Hunter Mill Deli and more. To purchase tickets, contact Deb Abramczyk at 703-803-3143 or at Debie.Abramczyk@Equant.com.

<cal1>Sunday, June 12

<cal2>Body Shak will hold its 7th annual Cuts for the Cure to help the fight against breast cancer on Sunday, June 12 from 1-4 p.m. Body Shak, a full-service salon, unites with Perfections Barber Shop. All proceeds will be donated to cancer research. Hair cuts are $11. Fun and games, face paintings, Express Massage by Diane, Spiritual Impressions, Step Team from Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Body Shak is located at 6329 Multiplex Drive, Centreville. Call 703-263-9742.

<cal1>June 16-18

<cal2>The 4th annual Great American Scrapbook Convention will be held at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. The event features workshops, door prizes, make and take pavilion, learning pavilion, cropping parties, and products for sale by vendors. The hours are Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all-day crop party only); Friday shopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; workshops from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and crop party 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday shopping 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; workshops 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and crop party 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $9; cropping parties $20; workshops prices vary. Call 801-627-3700 or visit www.greatamericanscrapbook.com.

<cal1>SATURDAY/JUNE 18

<cal2>CentrevilleDogs will hold their annual Dog Days of Summer Dog Wash on Saturday, June 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Centreville Animal Hospital on Route 29. Rain date is June 19. All donations are welcome. Proceeds will go to the start-up fees for an off-leash dog park in the Centreville area.

CentrevilleDogs is a group of approximately 300 Centreville residents and local businesses that have joined together to establish an off-leash dog park in the area. The group is currently working with the Fairfax County Park Authority on the proposed site of Quinn Farm Park, located at the intersection of Braddock Road and Old Lee Road. Go to www.centrevilledogs.org, or mail to: P.O. Box 230542 Centreville, VA 20120, or e-mail CentrevilleDogs@yahoo.com.

<cal1>July 15-23

<cal2>Cox Movies Under the Moon, a summertime outdoor film festival benefiting Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Special Love/Camp Fantastic at George Mason University’s Robinson Football Field. Cox will partner with 97.1 WASH-FM to promote the event locally. Gates will open each night at 6:30 p.m.

Movies will begin each night at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.). Spectators are encouraged to come early, bring a blanket and low beach chair, purchase food from the on-site restaurants (starting at 6:30 p.m.) to support the charities, and spend an evening watching a great movie.

Visit www.moviesunderthemoon.org or call 703-323-6333. Schedule:

* July 15: "Sound of Music" — G

* July 16: "Aviator" — PG-13

* July 17: "Sponge Bob" — PG

* July 18: "West Side Story" — unrated

* July 19: "Rocky" — PG

* July 20: "Harry Potter 3" — PG

* July 21: "Ray" — PG-13

* July 22: "Ghostbusters" — PG

* July 23: "Dirty Dancing" — PG-13

<cal1>ONGOING

<cal2>The Centreville Regional Art Guild (CRAG) and Centreville Community Foundation (CCF) are producing a 16-month calendar with artwork of Centreville area landmarks, to be available in time for Centreville Day this September. The calendar features reproductions of member artwork, including works in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and photography. CRAG is offering space to local businesses and artists to list their name and contact information for a donation. In addition to the calendar listing, donating companies will receive CRAG's monthly newsletter, a link on CRAG's Web site and a "We support the local arts" window decal. Anyone interested in being included in the calendar can contact CRAG President Angela Kleis at 703-963-6771. The calendars will be available for a donation at Centreville Day and at local shopping centers this Fall.

"Painting on the Coast of New Brunswick, Canada," an exhibit of paintings by Amy Mann, done over the last few years in St. Andrews, New Brunswick and surrounding areas. On display for the month of May at Centreville Regional Library, Centreville. Call 703-831-2223

Noodles and Noggins offers themed storytimes featuring crafts and music for children ages 1-6 every Wednesday from 10-11 am. The story times are held at Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton. Reservation requested. $5 donation to cover supplies requested. Call the store at 703-815-8600.

The Glory Days Grill of Centreville will host a fund-raiser for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia, donating 10 percent of SCAN guests’ bills to the organization. Guests must ask a server for a copy of their bill and then drop off or send to SCAN. It will be held now through April 30 on Monday–Thursday from 4 p.m. to close; and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to close. Visit SCAN’s Web site: www.scanva.org.

The Meals on Wheels program is in immediate need of volunteers to deliver meals to clients in the areas of Chantilly/Centreville. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon and ensuring that the meals are delivered to the clients, usually by 1 p.m. Drivers can choose to deliver meals weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or to substitute as needed. Call the Volunteer Intake Hotline at 703-324-5406, TTY 703-449-1186.

Ballroom Dance Classes. The Center for the Arts, 9415 Battle St., Manassas, offers Ballroom Dance lessons, which began on Feb. 3. Classes meet each Thursday from 7:30-8:30, until March 24. Couples, singles, beginners, and those needing a refresher course are all welcome. The cost is $90 for singles and $126 for couples. Call the Center for the Arts at 703-330-ARTS.

A Mindfulness Meditation Class will be held every Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at the Fairfax Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 9998 Main Street, Fairfax. Free. Contact ErikaKL@aol.com or call 703-864-2807.

Northern Virginia Bookcrossing Meetup. These book lovers like to keep their books busy by reading, releasing and tracking their books' adventures with others locally, nationally and internationally. Fun book challenges, hunt for books "in the wild" and more. Share your books and be a unique group with a different angle to book loving. Visit http://bookcrossing.meetup.com/72/.

Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting community-minded citizens from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The role of a CASA is to investigate a child's situation and to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child in court. All CASA Volunteers undergo training to prepare them for this role and no prior experience in child welfare is required. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity and upcoming orientation and training dates, visit www.casafairfax.org or contact CASA's development and recruitment associate at 703-273-3526 or staff@casafairfax.org.

Red Hat Society — A chapter of the Red Hat Society is now in Centreville. Women age 50 and up wear red hats, purple outfits and kick up their heels. Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month, at 11 a.m., at the Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road (inside Centreville Presbyterian Church, off Route 28 south, near the I-66 west exit). All area seniors are welcome to join or come for a visit. Call Mary Doerman, 703-968-7889; Scotti Brennan, 703-378-5206; or Sully Senior Center Director Carma Ryan, 703-322-4475.